Brutal landing/first freefall

Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by Matt Hen » Tue, 08 Nov 1994 13:05:53


I went out for my last static line jump on Saturday. As I was coming in to
land I saw that my distance to the target was good but that the wind was
causing me to slip sideways off target. At 100 feet I decided to try just
a little pull on my left toggle to get my first bullseye. I was down to
about 50 feet in a flash. I let off the toggle at about 20 ft and tried to
flare at 6. I landed in a sort of sitting position and I felt a blinding
pain and had this wonderful vision of the disks in my spine squirting out
from between my vertibra as they compressed. I rolled over and sort of
writhed for a while, then got to my knees, gathered up my chute, and
staggered back to the shed.
             I promised myself that I would go for my first freefall (I
didn't want to suffer that much for nothing) and then quit skydiving for
good, since it was too painful and dangerous.
             My first freefall went perfectly. I was perfectly stable as I
left the plane, and the experience of hearing the planes engine fade away
above me as I floated downward was just incredible. I pulled the ripcord
with no problems and floated down to a feather soft landing. I can't wait
to get back again. I can't remember why I ever wanted to quit.
 
 
 

Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by John2wal » Thu, 10 Nov 1994 08:50:39


Quote:
Henry) writes:

Hey Matt, did my first a few weeks ago too.  On my last static line I had
the wind direction change on me twice and then die as I came over the sock
at about 50 feet.  I flared too high, quartered on the wind which came up
suddenly and stalled out 7 feet above.  I landed on my ***from 7 feet
(Oooooch) and broke my tail bone.  Lucky it wasn't worse though.  Made my
first free fall later and had a good landing but by the time I manifested
for a third jump much later I couldn't bend over to get in the plane.
Thank goodness I have a winter to recoup before I jump again!!!
Blue Skies and Soft Landings!   Johnny

 
 
 

Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by Callentine Sco » Fri, 11 Nov 1994 08:32:39

Quote:


> Henry) writes:
> Hey Matt, did my first a few weeks ago too.  On my last static line I had
> the wind direction change on me twice and then die as I came over the sock
> at about 50 feet.  I flared too high, quartered on the wind which came up
> suddenly and stalled out 7 feet above.  I landed on my ***from 7 feet
> (Oooooch) and broke my tail bone.  Lucky it wasn't worse though.  Made my
> first free fall later and had a good landing but by the time I manifested
> for a third jump much later I couldn't bend over to get in the plane.
> Thank goodness I have a winter to recoup before I jump again!!!
> Blue Skies and Soft Landings!   Johnny

                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Hey,
Sounds like a "bad break" for your last static line but hell you hit hit
right on the head about the soft landings.  I would not wish anything but
that to "most people" because I have had a few of the bad ones myself *ouch*
and it hurts to think about.  
Hope your recovery goes well and congrats on the first "manditory case of
beer for that" freefall.

Blue Skies,
Scott Callantine
D-16437

 
 
 

Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by Harry Kapsale » Fri, 11 Nov 1994 13:21:30

Quote:

>at about 50 feet.  I flared too high, quartered on the wind which came up
>suddenly and stalled out 7 feet above.  I landed on my ***from 7 feet
>(Oooooch) and broke my tail bone.  Lucky it wasn't worse though.  Made my

Did the same last June on my last PRCP.  Flaired too high, didn't PLF,
broke my tailbone.  Took six weeks for the ache to stop.  Get yourself
one of the foam doughnuts hemmaroid sufferers use to sit on.  It
helps alot.  I'm beginning to think this a common injury for those
new to the sport.
 
 
 

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Post by Mike Mey » Tue, 15 Nov 1994 18:53:00

HK>Did the same last June on my last PRCP.  Flaired too high, didn't PLF,
HK>broke my tailbone.  Took six weeks for the ache to stop.  Get yourself
HK>one of the foam doughnuts hemmaroid sufferers use to sit on.  It
HK>helps alot.  I'm beginning to think this a common injury for those
HK>new to the sport.

Not just newcomers, either.  Last weekend had a bad spot, dumped high, and
used the rear-risers to barely make it back.  As I flared, I realized I
never switched back to toggles, and rear risers don't flare worth beans,
especially if you're not expecting it.  Bruised my tailbone.  It's been a
week, and my tailbone is healing nicely, thank you.  Freefall, running, etc
is fine, but that plane ride sitting down is torture.

Mike Meyer
C-23786, D-pending
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. DeLuxe. 1.26b #134s . Curiosity didn't kill the cat. I got him with a 12 gauge.

 
 
 

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Post by TS » Fri, 18 Nov 1994 04:16:00

Quote:

> HK>Did the same last June on my last PRCP.  Flaired too high, didn't PLF,
> HK>broke my tailbone.  Took six weeks for the ache to stop.  Get yourself
> HK>one of the foam doughnuts hemmaroid sufferers use to sit on.  It
> HK>helps alot.  I'm beginning to think this a common injury for those
> HK>new to the sport.

> Not just newcomers, either.  Last weekend had a bad spot, dumped high, and
> used the rear-risers to barely make it back.  As I flared, I realized I
> never switched back to toggles, and rear risers don't flare worth beans,
> especially if you're not expecting it.  Bruised my tailbone.  It's been a
> week, and my tailbone is healing nicely, thank you.  Freefall, running, etc
> is fine, but that plane ride sitting down is torture.

you could sit in my lap.....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Mike Mey » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 23:22:00

-> > week, and my tailbone is healing nicely, thank you.  Freefall,
-> running, etc > is fine, but that plane ride sitting down is torture.
-> >
->
-> you could sit in my lap.....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have, Scott.  It's nothing to brag about.  8^>

 
 
 

Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by E. James Liedek » Fri, 18 Nov 1994 16:31:30

I remember my first landing.  I came in feet first into the wind.  I flipped forward and ended up doing a belly slide a la Pete Rose.  I don't recommend
that.  I had a jump suit full of gravel but nothing broken.

Remember, don;t try this at home!

Jim
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Brutal landing/first freefall

Post by John Co » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 09:35:06


: I remember my first landing.  I came in feet first into the wind.  I flipped forward and ended up doing a belly slide a la Pete Rose.  I don't recommend
: that.  I had a jump suit full of gravel but nothing broken.
:  
:  
: Remember, don;t try this at home!

I remember my first jump too.  I recall landing on the runway, without
much flare very soon another plane had landed.  It was a rather scary and
after being screamed at, embarrassing jump, not to mention the sheer pain
of landing on the runway without flaring much.

Bwana
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